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#59238 22/01/2015 1:17 AM
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Hello.Im danish and I know it seems silly that I'm writing in English but I just thought that it was the easiest way to make you understand me :-)My Girlfriend and I are currently located in Whistler, Canada and totally in love with the mountains so we are having a hard time getting use to the thought of going back to Denmark so far from the mountains. Therefore we have thought about moving to Norway when we have finished our education in Denmark.

My question is, where is the perfect place to live in Norway when we really love the mountains and the snow? (for ski-touring and off-pist riding)Things we have to keep in mind is:

1. Close to the mountains2. Job oppurtunities3. Beautiful city/town4. Not to far away from airport/ferry (reasonable opportunities to get to/from Denmark for us and our family) Any suggestions?? 


Re: Where to live?
Alexander Karlbo #59239 23/01/2015 10:15 AM
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That's a real good question. It depends on how you weigh your 4 priorities.Places you should consider: Sogndal, Hemsedal, Voss, Røldal/Hovden (closer to the ferry).


Re: Where to live?
Alexander Karlbo #59240 23/01/2015 12:36 PM
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Other places to consider are Bodø or Tromsø! The airports are in walking range of the town center and the steep mountains that rise from the fjords are just minutes away


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Alexander Karlbo #59241 24/01/2015 5:19 PM
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And maybe Ålesund? (Haven't even been there, but they have mountains and jobs)


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Alexander Karlbo #59242 24/01/2015 10:00 PM
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Romsdalen, NORGES TIROL ! Åndalsnes/Isfj/Molde. Airport Molde. Train Ånd.to Oslo,..5hours . In Which proffession are you seeking job ?


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Everythings relative, but Ålesund is hardly mentioned, and both Volda / Ørsta are forgotten.. + Sunnmørsalpene: The most spectacular landscape in Norway (besides of Lofoten), with fjords, glaciers, sea and steep alp valleys surrounding these cities / villages. - Normally the temperature is a bit higher in this region than Romsdalen, and a bit more humid than Sogndal, so the snow is easier getting packed or raining away. Population: Ålesund: 42000 inhabitants, with suburb area: 70000, the way biggest city between Bergen and Trondheim, and the main center of the norwegian world leading ship yard cluster. One of few norwegian cities worth mentioning due to architecture. Volda: 9000 (Education center). Small, charming village.Ørsta: 10000 (Industry). Small, uncharming village made of concrete, with fantastic surroundings.Daily bus to Oslo, (8 hours with car), Trondheim, (7 hours), Bergen (8 hours), from all places.

3 airports within 2,5 hours from all of them. 

Don`t even bother to think about railway in Norway, (if you are not heading for Voss). Norwegian railways (NSB) is expensive, delayed and not reliable one fucking place when you need it.


 
 
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Alexander Karlbo #59244 27/01/2015 4:03 AM
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Thanks for the answer everyone!

We have taken a look at the mentioned towns and it all looks amazing.Job opportunities is obviously the most important and we are searching jobs in the professions of dentist and physiotherapist. Therefore we think that the most safe will be to choose a town with at least a population of 30-40.000. Ålesund look absolutely amazing! We are definitely taking Ålesund into consideration. We would probably prefer not going further north than Ålesund because of the distance to Denmark.

We have also had a look at Bergen, which looks really beautiful as well. The pros about Bergen would be that it is a bit closer Denmark, a bigger international airport, and probably more jobs due to the size. But we are very interested in knowing how much we will have to sacrifice in terms of being close to the mountains (skiing, hiking, mountain biking). We would be very interested in hearing some opinions on Bergen and Ålesund in comparison!

Thank you for your helpful answers!


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Alexander Karlbo #59245 28/01/2015 6:06 PM
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If you are thinking about Bergen you must like rain! Go to Voss.. 1 hour from bergen and better possibilites doing sports.. check out http://ekstremsportveko.com/live/ People get hurt all the the time so we need both physiotherapist and dentist ;-)


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Alexander Karlbo #59246 29/01/2015 12:26 AM
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Hmmm... Jeg vil foreslå Oslo. Langt fra fjell? Nei, ikke egentlig. Du har fjell i alle retninger. Flyplass med fete destinasjoner. Faktisk et helt OK kvelds-annlegg i byen. Kort vei til til Hemsedal ? under 3 timer. Norefjell ? ca 1,5 time. Hafjell, Kvitfell... Bra jobb-muligheter. Fin by. Flott sommer. Danskeferje... Verdens feteste hovedstad!

Og nei, jeg bor ikke i Oslo...


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Alexander Karlbo #59247 30/01/2015 12:33 PM
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If you want to have the opportunity to go skiing, climbing or hiking in the mountains on everyday basis, you got to move to Ørsta/Volda.

http://www.voldaveiret.no/htm10/3485.htm

The two villages are just 10 min travel with car from each other. And they are growing together, with the small, but cosy airport in the middle.

Here we have two ski-lifts wich are open 4 nights a week, in the weekends and holidays, usually from nov/dec to april. The skimountaineering/freeride opportunities are endless. And as mentioned the climate is quite coastal. That means a lot of rain, but can also mean a lot of snow. And also the frequent rain and mild temperatures lead to very stabile conditions when it turns colder. This year we have 2 meters of snow at 600 meters above sea level. 

Everybody needs dentists and physiotherapists. So thats not a problem. 

Here are some sites you might want to take a look on:

http://www.fuglfoniks.no

http://www.fjellfotografen.net/?page=gallery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqkx_qERhOY

http://www.orstaskisenter.no

http://www.voldaskisenter.no

http://www.strandafjellet.no


Re: Where to live?
Alexander Karlbo #59248 31/01/2015 2:44 AM
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Agh... helt ærlig... Hvis du føler behov for at skrive på engelsk for at kommunikerer, så bør du måske revurderer Norge som mulig immigrations destination...Jeg stod selv i samme situasjon for 10-12 år siden etter flere år i alpene. Jeg endte til slut med at bosette mig i Sogn (SOGN er IKKE det samme som Sogndal!!!). Dine 4 prioriteter kan ikke forenes du fra et dansk perspektiv i Norge, det nærmeste jeg har været på det i Europa er Grenoble i Frankrig...1. pri. = ski = Sogn. BUM



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